Minimum Requirements

The following are minimum requirements to be eligible for the Young Professionals Program.

  • Be 32 years of age or younger (i.e. born on or after October 1, 1982)
  • PhD or Master’s degree and relevant work experience[?]
  • Be fluent in English
  • Please note that full proficiency in one or more of the Bank’s working languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish is desired but not required.
  • Specialize in a field relevant to the World Bank’s operations such as economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, and natural resource management
  • Have at least 3 years of relevant professional experience related to development or continued academic study at the doctoral level.

Additional Qualifications

In order to be competitive for the limited number of positions, a combination of the following credentials is highly desirable:

  • Display a commitment and passion for international development
  • Possess outstanding academic credentials
  • Exhibit excellent client engagement and team leadership skills
  • Have international development country experience
  • Be motivated to relocate and undertake country assignments

Please note that the Young Professionals Program does not recruit individuals who specialize in disciplines such as: Computer Science, HR, Accounting, Marketing, Law and Linguistics.

Applicants fit to a “T”


The aim of the Program is to identify candidates with technical depth and professional breadth.

Why YPP?

I was fortunate to have been in the Young Professionals Program as I had the opportunity of working with really good professionals and mentors.”

Friederike, Germany

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